«Class of 2011

Phuong Ly

Freelance writer, Chicago, Illinois

Project: An online platform connecting California journalists with nonprofit groups that serve immigrants. Gateway California, to launch this fall, aims at improving these relationships to help expand and deepen media coverage of immigrant issues.

Ly was born in Vietnam and grew up in North Carolina. She attended the University of North Carolina, majoring in journalism and American history. She worked at the Charlotte Observer, chronicling the remaking of public housing, and the Washington Post, writing about immigrant communities. In 2006, her work won the American Society of Newspaper Editors/Freedom Forum Award for Outstanding Writing about Diversity and was included in the book “Best Newspaper Writing 2006-2007.” Since then, she has been a freelance writer, consultant and teacher. She has won writing grants from the Institute for Journalism and Justice, the International Reporting Project and Wesleyan University. As a consultant, her clients have been nonprofits, including Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees. She has taught classes on writing and diversity issues at the Poynter Institute, the Freedom Forum’s Diversity Institute and the Hearst Symposium.

Knight Talk: Phuong Ly

Ly discusses her online platform connecting California journalists with nonprofit groups that serve immigrants.

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